|A tourist uses a selfie stick to photograph himself in front of the murder scene.
You couldn’t make it up!
Now it’s easy to be wise after the event but, to be fair, some of us were wise before the event…
“How about a quick getaway in the sun this winter?” says Mrs D. Well, I love to holiday as my regular reader will know and it’s difficult to find somewhere that doesn’t involve a humungous flight around March time when there is always a gap in my calendar.
“Well,” says I, “we’re not touching anywhere in North Africa because it’s bloody dodgy. All those ragheads out to kill anybody with a white face. You can bloody forget that unless you’ve got a death wish!” After the events in Tunisia it seems that I was pretty much spot on.
It’s not, of course, a great surprise. A few years back some nutter with a machine gun murdered a load of tourists in the Temple of Hapsutshep in Egypt. Only a few months back there was a bomb in a Tunisian museum that caused carnage. So explain to me why anyone would volunteer to go to Tunisia for a holiday.
“It’s cheap” says Mrs D. “Yes” says I, “and now you can bloody well see why!” Needless to say, we’re not going anywhere near North Africa anytime soon. Unless you’ve got a death wish, I strongly suggest you do the same.
What’s staggered me is the reaction to the atrocity by the government and the tour companies. The FCO is still not advising against all travel to Tunisia. I suspect this is political because they don’t want the Tunisian economy to collapse overnight. As they are telling people that another similar attack is highly feasible and even likely, I find their attitude to putting their own citizens first appalling.
And because the the FCO has not advised against travel, the tour companies are refusing to issue refunds to people who don’t want to go and some are telling their customers that if they want to leave early, it’s up to them to arrange their own flights and pay for them themselves.
One woman on the news who was waiting to board a flight to Tunisia said she was going because she wanted to show solidarity to the Tunisian people and to not let terrorism win. Noble sentiments indeed.
Let’s just hope that her nobility doesn’t get her killed…